John Gendo Wolff, Roshi, has been a Zen practitioner for over 30 years. He received Jukai (lay ordination) from Dennis Genpo Merzel, Roshi, on August 1, 1992. On July 15, 2006, he was ordained as a priest in the White Plum lineage by his teacher Susan Myoyu Andersen, Roshi, and in the summer of 2008 was Shusso (head priest) of the Great Plains Zen Center at Myoshinji–Subtle Mind Temple. In June 2012, he received Dharma Transmission (Shiho) from Myoyu Roshi and on April 21, 2018, she conferred inka. Gendo Roshi is the resident teacher at Great Wave.
Gendo Roshi is a writer with numerous publications of poetry in a variety of magazines and in the anthology Beneath a Single Moon: The Legacy of Buddhism in American Poetry. He is also the author of The Driftwood Shrine: Discovering Zen in American Poetry, (Sumeru 2016), a collection of Dharma teachings based on the works of several Buddhist-influenced American poets. He currently works as a college professor, is married, and has raised three children.